Status of Immigrants in Britain. A Historical Perspective
This public, online lecture by Professor Andrew Spicer (Professor of Early Modern European History at Oxford Brookes University) will reflect on the rich history of immigration to Britain in the late medieval and early modern periods.
The term ‘refugee’ dates from the sixteenth century, referring to those who sought refuge in the country. While some immigrants were welcomed in the country, there were others that received a more hostile reception.
The lecture will also reflect on the restrictions imposed on early modern immigrants in Britain, which included restrictions on property rights, higher levels of taxation etc., as well as how they were regarded by the host population.
This event is part of the Dialogue in Migration and Refugee Studies lecture and seminar series hosted by the Migration and Refugees Research Network at Oxford Brookes University. It has received funding from Jean Monnet Actions, run under Erasmus+ by the European Union.
The programme will continue running this semester with talks including History, Sociology, English Literature and a special session by an NGO practitioner.